Chicken soup with apples and leeks
Chicken Leeks Soups
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:14:01 AM. Recipe ID 42714. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Chicken soup with apples and leeks
Yield: 6 Servings
1 Chicken, quartered
Salt & Pepper, to taste
2 tb Butter
3 Leeks, w/ 1" green, sliced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled
1 c Apple juice
1/2 c Vinegar
3 c Chicken stock
3 tb Calvados
1/2 c Heavy cream
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Melt the butter over medium
heat in a saute pan just large enough to hold the chicken. Add the
chicken, skin side down, and cook for about eight minutes over medium
heat. If the butter in the pan starts to brown, lower the heat
slightly. Turn the chicken and light saute in the same way for five
Remove the chicken from the pan and place it in a bowl. If the butter
in the saute pan has burned, pour it out and replace it with two
tablespoons fresh butter. Add the leeks and cook them for 10 minutes
over medium heat. Stir the leeks every couple of minutes. They should
be soft but not brown.
Put the chicken back in the pan with the leeks. Add the apples, apple
juice, vinegar and broth. Bring the liquids to a slow simmer and
with a ladle skim off any fat or froth that floats to the top. Cover
the pot and simmer the chicken very gently for 10 to 15 minutes,
until it is completely cooked.
Remove the chicken and let it cool. Remove and discard the skin and
pull the meat away from the bones. Cut the meat into half inch chunks.
Use a ladle to skim off any fat that has formed on the surface of the
liquid in a saute pan. Add the Calvados and the heavy cream. Bring
to a simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat the chunks
of chicken in the soup for two minutes and serve immediately in hot
Suggestions and variations: Try adding a cup of sliced mushrooms
along with the apples. The mushroom flavor goes well with the other
ingredients, and the mushrooms make the soup more substantial. This
soup is also delicious with curry, which can be added by gently
cooking a tablespoon of curry powder in a tablespoon of butter and
stirring it into the soup shortly before serving.
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